Evaluating Social Influence Surrounding MPox: Using Theory of Planned Behavior to Predict vaccination Likelihood in College Students, and Moving to America: An Autoethnography of the Ghanaian Accent in America

Date

2023-08

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Publisher

Abstract

The advent of social media has largely contributed to the spread of information during health emergencies, specifically during the recent outbreak of mpox. Employing the theory of planned behavior (TPB; Ajzen, 1985), the current study evaluated how social influence factors predicted mpox vaccination intention. Surveying college students, the study found that individuals who believe in mpox myths were less likely to hold mpox vaccination intentions and that individuals with higher levels of concern about mpox were more likely to hold mpox vaccination intentions. In addition, those who identified as more conservative in their political views were less likely to hold mpox vaccination intentions. Future research can apply the findings of this study as a framework in examining future pandemics and epidemics. In this autoethnography, I highlight my personal and academic experiences during my early days in America specifically focused on language encounters between the Ghanaian and American accents. Employing a first-person narrative, I expound on first-hand experiences as a Ghanaian and an international graduate student in America. I specifically explore the conflicts, adaptive and divergence measures in conveying my identity. Finally, I emphasize on the futuristic decision to primarily preserve and heighten my identity.

Description

Keywords

mpox, theory of planned behavior, social media, social influence, accent, autoethnography, Ghana, identity Language

Citation